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The Association of Interior Specialists (AIS) has launched its latest publication ‘A Guide to Office Acoustics’, which promotes best practice in the design and installation of acoustic solutions in offices. Cundall’s Acoustics Director Andrew Parkin was the Principal Technical Author of the Guide.

The starting point for the document was a lack of comprehensive guidance on office acoustics, so in 2009 AIS commissioned a review of available research on office acoustics by Bridget Shield, Professor of Acoustics in the Faculty of Engineering, Science and the Built Environment at London South Bank University. Her report, which is available at presents a review of research published over the past 40 to 50 years.

What’s in the guide:

  • Basic acoustics – how sound works
  • Comprehensive design guidance – from ceilings, partitioning and flooring, to setting design targets
  • Terminology – a complete jargon buster
  • Case studies
  • Standards – full rundown of available standards
  • Research – work done to date

The resulting document is a comprehensive guide to office acoustics, which encompasses the needs of a range of audiences, including first time office occupiers, clients, specialist contractors, suppliers, designers, architects and acousticians.Cundall Acoustics' Director Andrew Parkin said: ‘Getting the acoustic conditions right within an office environment is vital to its success as a workplace. Office workers need their environment to support speech privacy and communication, even in open plan areas. This guide takes a sensible, pragmatic view of office environments and how they are designed, which will assist acousticians, architects and others involved in the process to develop the best office environment, based on the intended use and environmental considerations.’

Commenting on the guide, which has been awarded RIBA CPD Accreditation, RIBA said: ‘ This guide is attractive and well structured. It encompasses a wide range of issues, which are well illustrated with numerous photos and diagrams. A scholarly work on a complex subject.’

‘A Guide to Office Acoustics’ was officially launched on 18 May at the AIS AGM in London for further information or to view a digital version please visit the Acoustic Guide website.

For further information on our Acoustics specialism please contact our Acoustics Director Andrew Parkin.

16 Jun 2011

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